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Prescriptions by GPs

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  • Release date: 16 September 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
  • Next update: 14 September 2016
An annual report including information on prescription items dispensed and net ingredient cost.

Key points

  • Between 2004-05 and 2014-15 the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales increased by 46% from 53.9 to 78.5 million.
  • Over the decade the net ingredient cost (NIC) of prescription items prescribed by GPs in Wales increased by 0.8% to £581.4 million.

Compared to the rest of the UK(a):

  • Wales dispensed the highest number of prescription items per head of population – 25.4 compared to 21.6 in Northern Ireland, 19.6 in England and 19.0 in Scotland.
  • Wales had the second lowest net ingredient cost per head of population - £188.04 compared to £228.48 in Northern Ireland, £190.29 in Scotland and £162.98 in England.
  • Wales had the lowest net ingredient cost per prescription item - £7.41 compared to £8.32 in England, £10.02 in Scotland and £10.60 in Northern Ireland.

(a) To enable comparisons to be made with the other UK countries the Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data is used. See notes at end of the report.


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